Feb 11, 2013 3:00pm PST
says he will block confirmation of chuck hagel for defense secretary and john brennan for c.i.a. until they clear up issues ranging from the terrorist attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi to enhanced interrogation techniques for suspected terrorists. i don't think we should allow brennan to go forward for the c.i.a. directorship, hagel to be confirmed to secretary of defense until white house gives us an accounting. >> democrats are angry and worried. >> what is unfortunate is the account to politicize an issue. they need to be confirmed. >> hagel is not for defense secretary faces committee vote wednesday. some republicans, though not mccain threatened to walk out in protest. hagel and brennan nomination could be put on hold before a final floor vote. should either nomination get that far they could face filibusters. >> i want 60-vote margin. you don't have to fill buster to get. they would threat on the call 60-vote margin. >> the president's only new confirmed secretary is john kerry replacing hillary clinton at state. but kerry was the president's second choice, only after u.n.
Feb 12, 2013 3:00pm PST
. >> bret: last thing. chuck hagel? >> controversial nomination. we spent time talking about, and i believe the armed services committee reported him out today. we will be dealing with that nomination on the floor according to many majority leader in next couple days. >> bret: think he gets through? >> a lot of opposition, very controversial nomination. we'll see what happens. >> bret: that wasn't a yes or no. >> we'll see what happens. >> bret: senator, thank you very much for stopping by. >> thank you. >> bret: well, senate minority leader mentioned, that the floor vote will happen. but the senate armed services committee has voted in favor of the nomination of chuck hagel as the next defense secretary. it was a party line vote, 14 democrats said yes. 11 republicans said no. the nomination now does go to the full senate. and we will talk about this in the next couple of days as the vote moves forward. in tonight's "state of the union" speech give us your reaction live in real time. here is how. correspondent shannon bream explains the bing pulse. >> if you have ever sat on your couch wish
Feb 26, 2013 3:00pm PST
hagel was confirmed as defense secretary despite the lackluster performance in front of the senate armed services committee and controversial comments he made about irap and israel. the vote was 58 to 41 with democrats and four republicans backing him. today, the number two ranked republican crushed his former colleague. >> there is simply no way to sugar coat it. senator hagel performance before the senate armed services committee was inept. we should not install defense secretary who is not qualified for job. >> in case colleagues were considering make hagel wait longer a democrat warned one day it will be a g.o.p. president's nominee. >> i say to the republican friends, just be careful. i say this with respect. some day the friends on the other side. 71 senators voted to end debate. the former white house chief of staff budget director jack lew's nomination brought up for consideration. i'd half o ahead of the vote, they talked about the money and benefits earned when he wasn't in government. >> paid his salary and mortgage and paid a substantial $685,000 severance payment. the reason